Ethnographies & Case Studies

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The Heart of Helambu: Ethnography and Entanglement in Nepal
The Heart of Helambu: Ethnography and Entanglement in Nepal
By Tom O’Neill

The Heart of Helambu is an evocative and touching account of Tom O’Neill's experiences undertaking ethnographic fieldwork in Kathmandu and the Helambu region of Nepal.

Available May 2016
Merchants in the City of Art: Work, Identity, and Change in a Florentine Neighborhood
Merchants in the City of Art: Work, Identity, and Change in a Florentine Neighborhood
By Anne Schiller

San Lorenzo, a neighborhood in the historic centre of Florence, and home to a market that has existed since before the Renaissance, is in transition. Globalization pressures—specifically international tourism and immigration—are forcing changes in the way vendors work, which in turn raises larger questions about identity.

Available Apr 2016
Negotiating Identities: Anglophones Teaching and Living in Quebec
Negotiating Identities: Anglophones Teaching and Living in Quebec
By Diane Gérin-Lajoie

Diane Gérin-Lajoie uses survey data and the life stories of Anglophone teachers to illustrate the social practices which connect them with their linguistic, cultural, and professional identities.

Available Mar 2016
Why the Porcupine is Not a Bird: Explorations in the Folk Zoology of an Eastern Indonesian People
Why the Porcupine is Not a Bird: Explorations in the Folk Zoology of an Eastern Indonesian People
By Gregory Forth

Why the Porcupine Is Not a Bird is a comprehensive analysis of knowledge of animals among the Nage people of central Flores in Indonesia.

Available Mar 2016
Ancestral Lines: The Maisin of Papua New Guinea and the Fate of the Rainforest, Second Edition
Ancestral Lines: The Maisin of Papua New Guinea and the Fate of the Rainforest, Second Edition
By John Barker

Drawing on his long-term fieldwork, Barker offers a nuanced understanding of the ways in which the Maisin have been able to reject global commercial logging and remain true to their ancestral values, while still participating in wider social, political, and economic systems.

Available Mar 2016
Legacies of Violence: History, Society, and the State in Sardinia
Legacies of Violence: History, Society, and the State in Sardinia
By Antonio Sorge

In Legacies of Violence, Antonio Sorge examines highland Sardinia’s long history of resistance to outside authority and the effects that a history of violence exercises on collective representations.

Published Jun 2015
Love Stories: Language, Private Love, and Public Romance in Georgia
Love Stories: Language, Private Love, and Public Romance in Georgia
By Paul Manning
Love Stories offers an ethnography of language and desire that doubles as an introduction to key linguistic genres and to the interplay of language and culture.
Published May 2015
Looking Back, Moving Forward: Transformation and Ethical Practice in the Ghanaian Church of Pentecost
Looking Back, Moving Forward: Transformation and Ethical Practice in the Ghanaian Church of Pentecost
By Girish Daswani

Looking Back, Moving Forward investigates the embodied practices, interpersonal relationships, and moments of self-reflection in the lives of members of the Church of Pentecost in Ghana and amongst the Ghanaian diaspora in London.

Published Apr 2015
Milanese Encounters: Public Space and Vision in Contemporary Urban Italy
Milanese Encounters: Public Space and Vision in Contemporary Urban Italy
By Cristina Moretti

Milanese Encounters examines how the acts of looking, recognizing, and being seen reflect social relations and power structures in contemporary Milan.

Published Mar 2015
Critical Issues Editing Exploration Text
Critical Issues Editing Exploration Text
By Germaine Warkentin

The papers in this collection deal with a cultural problem central to the study of the history of exploration: the editing and transmission of the texts in which explorers relate their experiences. 

Published Feb 2015